Politics Early-voter turnout signals intense interest in Georgia special election

22:50  17 june  2017
22:50  17 june  2017 Source:   The Hill

Democrats in overdrive to flip Georgia House seat

  Democrats in overdrive to flip Georgia House seat National and local Democrats are in overdrive trying to flip the ultra-tight Georgia House seat in a race viewed as an early referendum on President Trump. Democrat Jon Ossoff's campaign has grown into a massive operation, with more than 12,000 volunteers knocking on doors and calling potential voters. They say they've surpassed half a million voter contacts ahead of Tuesday's contest.

Early voting is underway in Georgia ’s 6th Congressional District for the special House election between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Turnout Tuesday was more than four times greater than the first day of early voting for the original race on April 18, which only saw 160 Cobb voters vote in person.

Ossoff is running for Georgia 's 6th congressional district in a special election . On its face, however, the surge in Republican early voting is an ominous sign for Infrequent voters , who Ossoff needs to turn out , are voting at roughly the rates they would in higher- turnout midterm elections .

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More than 140,000 ballots were cast in Georgia's special House race when early voting closed Friday, Politico reported, a signal of the intense local interest that has mounted around the contest in recent months.

By comparison, roughly 57,000 people voted early in the election's first round in April. The massive turnout of early voters, which includes more than 36,000 people who did not cast ballots in the first round, means that turnout for the Tuesday election will more than likely exceed the roughly 192,000 people who voted in April.

Georgia candidates turn to local stars in campaign's closing days

  Georgia candidates turn to local stars in campaign's closing days Both nominees in the hotly contested Georgia special election had several political heavyweights join them on the campaign trail to rally hundreds of supporters and volunteers in the final weekend push. Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff spent their Saturday campaigning alongside prominent national figures who are also stars in Georgia state politics. Handel and Ossoff square off on Tuesday to fill the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, in what has become the most expensive House race in U.S. history.

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Voters in suburban Atlanta head to the polls Tuesday for a special House election contest that offers an early test Turnout rarely reaches that of a regular general election . Plus, Republicans caught the Democrats in the chase for early votes , signaling that GOP field operations have had an impact

What's more, Politico reported, the turnout for the special election could easily surpass that of the 2014 midterm election.

The House race for Georgia's 6th congressional district has garnered significant attention, not just on the local level, but on the national stage, and is seen by many as an early referendum on President Trump and an indicator of Republicans' ability to hold key House seats in the 2018 midterms.

The matchup between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel has also quickly become the most expensive House race in U.S. history, with roughly $50 million spent.

The district has long been held by Republicans, most recently Tom Price, who left the House seat to become Trump's Health and Human Services secretary.

But Ossoff, a first-time candidate for public office, took more than 48 percent of the vote in April - less than two percent short of an outright win. That fact sent both parties scrambling to win over voters ahead of the June 20 election.

Handel, Ossoff Receive Violent Threats in Georgia .
The Republican's neighborhood was locked down Thursday after a report of a suspicious package.With five days to go, the Georgia congressional seat runoff is getting intense.

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